kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with small head that dies quickly; no lacing. Aroma is mega-super-duper - I could literally smell this about half a foot away after I poured it. Up close, itís vanilla, bourbon, the best dark chocolate aroma I have ever encountered, licorice, booze, and maybe even a bit of fruit. Taste: @*#&! This is ... WOW! *@! I do not even know how to describe right now. Let me try now that I have settled down. Bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, booze, more bourbon, more dark chocolate. Greatest mouthfeel ever - not thin at all, but not thick - just silky and enveloping. Flavor lingers for ... I feel like I am going to taste this another 20 years. Demands to be savored slowly, and good thing, because that ABV sure is high. &*@#! This is the most flavorful beer I have ever had, and everything works together so well. Founders Breakfast Stout was great, yeah, but this...this is just in another dimension.
Jorn69 (2113) - ńngelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog...................... @ Havregatan 20130315. Bottle from Systembolaget. [ Vintage 2012 ]
riversideAK (5944) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shit tons of booze on the nose, lots of sweet dark roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon Darker fruit also. Pours black with a non lasting thin tan head that settles out to nothing. Flavors of super sweet boozey bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, wood, vanilla. Big boozy warming imperial stout. A solid BA imperial stout, even though this years version was kind of weak.
minutemat (3276) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
250ml bottle as Monks Cafe Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, from trade with Omhper! Many many many thanks chap. Pours black with fast-receding head. Aroma is rich, decadent, booze-ridden chocolate cake. Taste is tar slick & oily. Smooth, bourbon-fused but not off-puttingly boozy. The bourbon merely radiates with itís smooth vanilla and almond tones as the dark malts simmer in the background. This is serious stuff.
Steverus0 (248) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted coffee and bourbon notes waft from this obsidian beauty, which seems like the reason for Spiegelau's stout glass to exist.
Rich mouthfeel, as light bubbliness plays out caramels to match the velvet burn.
This is an amazing beer, well suited to lovers of Founder's seminal Breakfast Stout or Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin. It's not a revelation, it's just good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hopbag (148) - - FEB 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick mouthfeel. Motor oil flow with brown head. Burnt sugar aroma. Doesnít come off as overly sweet. Not boozy at all. Trail is raspberry and dark fruit. That said, I read some of this batch was contaminated, and I may be getting some of that -- maybe some rubber cement.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1655 - #CBC2015 Beer 40 - Day 4 - On tap at 10 Barrel Portland w/ Pours an opaque black beauty with a rich tan foam. Aroma is heavy roast malt, mild smoke, toffee , molasses, vanilla,oak. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, lots of burnt sugar, toffee, bourbon vanilla, blackstrap molasses. A lovely beer that hits on all of my favourite things.
davidezdonz (142) - , HONG KONG - FEB 2, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A 1 pint .9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a bottled on date of 22nd October 2015, poured into a snifter glass. It poured an extremely dark dark brown colour with a reddish hue on the sides. Dark tanned head was very thin and did not last long and there was some thin spotty lacing. Rich rich aromas full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Tastes much like the aromas. It was full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Stunning, heavenly goodness. Full bodied, thick motor oil like richness. Low carbonation. Nice light burn as it goes down. OverallÖ Wow, this was amazingÖ a brilliant sipper. Even drinking it 3 months in, aromas, taste and feel were already wonderful. It should develop more complexity with a year or two of aging, which is what Iím going to do with the rest of my bottles.
anderson01 (292) - Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color. Dark, tan head that collapses rather quickly. Freckled lacing. Alcohol is really coming out in the aroma. Woody. Smokey. Vanilla. Chocolate. Blackberries. Charcoal. Creamy texture. Light carbonation. Taste like a smoked briscuit. Hickory and maybe some mesquite. Long smokey finish. Alcohol is more hidden in the taste than the aroma. Heavy body. This beer seems to stick with you well after the drink. Tasty.
SoDakBrew (3) - South Dakota, USA - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy black licorice smell. Dark in color as with any traditional imperial stout. Light bourbon or smoke flavor on the tongue, coffee and dense smoke on the back of the tongue. Wonderful.
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growler6 (80) - USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night with low carbonation. The sniff test. Nice smoke, oak and bourbon aromas. From first to last sip. Viscous (10W30) chocolate, vanilla and tart cherry explodes in the mouth. As expected, alcohol is warming and provides balance. I was going to let this bottle age but Iím glad I didnít. Fantastic!